“Little Sure Shot” Annie, was trapping at 7 years old and hunting with a gun at age 8 to support her widowed mother and siblings through poverty. At 15, Annie won a shooting match with sharp-shooter, Frank Butler, whom she married a year later. They joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West together and Annie kept her audience on the edge of their seat with her gun - easily hitting a dime tossed into the air or a cigarette from her husband’s lips. President McKinley made the mistake of rejecting her offer of “a woman sharpshooter service” for the war. Annie went on to teach more than 15,000 women how to use a gun, influencing not only the image of the American cowgirl, but empowering women with the opportunity to prove themselves every bit as capable as men with their tool choice.
Marie’s work overturned established ideas in physics and chemistry. She has become an icon in the scientific world, receiving recognition for her pioneering research in radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win twice for two different sciences. She conducted her research in Paris and was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. Marie discovered two chemical elements, polonium and radium. She set in motion the first studies where radioactive isotopes where used in the treatment of neoplasms. And although she never received any formal recognition for it from the French government, during World War 1, Marie developed mobile radiography units or “petites Curies” and it’s estimated that more than a million wounded soldiers were treated with her X-ray units.
Awards that she received include:
Nobel Prize in Physics (1903, with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel)
Davy Medal (1903, with Pierre)
Matteucci Medal (1904, with Pierre)
Actonian Prize (1907)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1909)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1911)
Franklin Medal (1921)